Events around the world – which should I attend?

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While temperatures might be heating up at home, events and celebrations taking place around the world will take it up a level. We’ve handpicked some of the more unusual events to inspire you to head out and chase the sun.

Who can resist this colourful display of costume and culture in celebration of those who have passed on to the other side. If
you’re in Mexico for the Day of the Dead, you’ll see calacas everywhere; a colloquial term for the depiction of skulls or skeletons dressed up in different ways, representing joyous festivity rather than anything otherwise gloomy. I bet you can guess the director who has a liking for calacas-like figures too. Here’s a hint… He made the opposite of a dream before Christmas.


Described as “the toughest footrace on earth”, you’ll be hard pushed not to find the participants of this marathon courageous; or outrageous depending on your perspective. The Marathon des Sables expects competitors to race 156 miles over six days, through the Sahara Desert of all places. It looks like this arduous journey has really caught on too, with Fuerteventura in the Canaries and Peru coming up with their own versions of the event last year. And you thought the London Marathon was hard.

Did you ever find yourself in the middle of a food fight at school? Feet stamping on the ground in wild camaraderie, spaghetti flying over Tom’s head, a stray baked bean sliding down Emma’s face? Well, in Buñol, Spain, upwards of 40,000 people gather, armed with 115,000 kilograms of tomatoes, and… well… chuck them at each other. What’s more, visitors from around Europe flock to the town to join in the fun. Hold my bag Mum, I’m going in!

Hailed as one of THE festivals to catch while travelling the Far East, Thai new year is celebrated with the Songkran water festival. In some of the hottest days of the year, people come together to celebrate and cool down by throwing water at each other. Water pistols, buckets, hoses; anything will do in this country-wide water fight. Be sure to wear something mucky though, as once the ‘din sor pong’ powder comes out, you’ll be covered in a white powder, paste-like mess.

Where’s your next adventure taking you? Let me know in the comments below.

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